Choosing the Right Golf Ball

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Golf balls have improved drastically over the last 15 years.  These days you can find balls that go farther, is more durable, flies straighter, has more spin, and a softer feel.  As a result of the technological change, it is easier than ever for players of different abilities to find the right ball that matches their game.  Choosing the right golf ball can be a difficult and confusing task.  Hopefully we can make things easier with this guide on the different choices available to pick from.

Important Tip

While finding the perfect match to your game is going to help you score lower, the best thing that you can do for yourself once you find a ball you like is to keep playing it every single round.  Every golf ball is slightly different so by playing the same model you will get used to the distances that you hit the ball with your irons, you’ll improve your touch around the greens, and have a better idea of how to compensate for any draws or fades that you hit.  Above all else remember this: find a ball and stick with it.

Spin

The number one factor to consider is how much spin you want your ball to have.  Beginners and less skilled players won’t less spin because they tend to put a lot of side spin on the ball when producing hooks and slices.  If a ball spins less it won’t travel as far off path, which is a good thing.

The downside to having a ball that doesn’t spin very much is that it is going to be tough to get your ball to stop around the green.  Backspin helps approach shots stop on a dime, and allows pitch shots to check up on the green.

Players with a low handicap want the durability provided by balls that have high spin rates.

The most important thing you can do to lower your score is to hit more greens and putt from shorter distances.  When deciding on a golf ball or any other score reduction method worry about these two things over distance.

Cost

There are two factors you have to consider with the cost of a golf ball: price and durability.  The price is obvious, how much does a sleeve or box cost?  Durability though pertains to how long the ball is going to last for you.  Generally speaking, the softer the ball the less you are going to be able to use it.  Balls don’t really get cut like they used to, but you will get scratches on the ball either from the grooves in your club, trees, cart paths, or other obstacles. It’s going to be tough for you to ding up a hard ball.

Distance

Believe it or not, these days there is not a lot of difference in the distance you can hit the different kinds of balls.  Titleist Pro V1’s go around 4-5 yards shorter than their NXT model, which is what I would deem a “hard” ball.

Here are some different tests you can take online to get fitted for golf balls:

 


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